Social prescribing and what it means to you

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Summary of report content

A new social prescribing programme for Bolton is one of the new delivery models expected in the Bolton Locality Plan and, as part of its engagement on the Transformation programme, The Bolton Engagement Alliance (Healthwatch Bolton and Bolton CVS) have engaged with local residents in order to understand: What the term ‘social prescribing’ means to people; How people thing a social prescribing programme should be shaped and developed; How social prescribing can be best communicated to people; If there are any potential barriers to embedding social prescribing. Field researchers used a semi-structured questionnaire and conducted informal interviews with individuals on a one to one basis. All comments were recorded verbatim against the relevant question prompts. We spoke to 127 people at 9 workshops in Bolton In November 2017. This fieldwork produced 377 comments. The findings indicated: More than half of the people we spoke to expressed limited understanding of what social prescribing is. Of those who did have some understanding the idea of social prescribing was broadly supported. People raised a number of questions about how the delivery model might work in practice. Referral pathways, community group involvement, role ambiguity, professionalism and information governance were all raised as areas where further information would be welcome. People raised capacity, appropriate staffing, transport and information as potential barriers. This report contains 3 recommendations specifically around the themes of leadership, assets and staffing.

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General details

Report title 
Social prescribing and what it means to you
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bolton
Date of publication 
Monday, 1 January, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 January, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 1 January, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Public involvement
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Bolton CVS
Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.